#PowerWomen – Meet Rupa Parekh Founder of Umani

Mom playing with baby Jai Jai Hooray Indian God's Flash Cards for Kids

Jai Jai Hooray Flashcards c/0 Umani  Playmat c/o  – Baby Jalebi 

I can’t believe Baby Aadhav is three weeks old! Time really does go by fast with a little one. Now that I am a mother, I’m thinking about how we want to instill values and our culture to Aadhav. Growing up, there weren’t many Indian American children in my school. My mom tried to teach us about our Indian culture and religion by taking us to the Hindu Temple every week. Since we didn’t understand Sanskrit, it was hard to follow what the Pundit (Priest) was saying. We learned how to do arti, recite the gayatri mantra, and celebrate festivals, yet it wasn’t until I was in college that I really understood the meaning behind so many of the traditions we followed. As a mom, I do my best to share with Aadhav our culture and beliefs. I want him to not only learn about our religion, but also understand the meaning and history of the Gods, Goddesses, holidays, and festivals we celebrate. When I first heard about Umani and the company’s first product, Jai Jai Hooray flashcards, I knew I wanted to share them with Aadhav. Umani is dedicated to making cultural learning irresistible through beautifully simple tools, toys and experiences.  The company launched it’s first product line, Jai Jai Hooray, to create a tool that made it easy for anyone to be a teacher or student. I chatted with Rupa, founder of Umani to learn more about what inspired her to start Umani! 

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Personalized Baby Gifts with Soufeel

Name Necklace c/o Soufeel

Anything personalized with Aadhav’s name melts my new mamma heart. I have always loved personalized gifts, but there’s something about seeing your child’s name that truly makes your heart sing. When Soufeel connected with me to collaborate, I was excited to try their selection of personalized jewelry ranging from necklaces to bracelet charms. There are so many designs to choose from and best of all the jewelry is so affordable! My experience from order to delivery was so smooth and  I’m in love with how the jewelry turned out. Wearing my necklaces, bangle, and ring, I feel so close to Aadhav. In the last two weeks, I’ve only left the house a few times without the baby to run quick errands, When I do, I always sneak a peek at Aadhav’s name jewelry and send him a warm hug and prayer – letting him know his mama is coming home soon! Just for you, I am excited to share a 10% discount code ‘Kamana10’ for all Soufeel jewelry till October 1st. I hope you enjoy the personalized details as much as I do!

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What’s in My Hospital Bag?!

Getting ready for the home stretch! My due date is September 1st but I have a feeling Baby B will be making his debut early – let’s see! I can’t believe what a difference 2-weeks makes when you are pregnant. At 34 weeks – I will still pretty active, able to get around, and busy with baby prep. Since then, my energy level has dropped considerably. My hands and feet are still constantly swollen and my back is strained with the baby’s growing weight. Over the weekend, I could hardly leave the house, but finally did to go to the Temple (to receive blessings for our Baby B) and get my eyebrows done. My husband said he’s never seen me so determined than that Saturday evening when I just had to get my brows fixed up! Honestly, the last few days have been pretty overwhelming. When I feel the kicks and flutters of my little one – those feelings fade away. I am focusing on the blessings and excitement of meeting Baby B soon. It’s tough but so worth it.  If you follow me on Instastories, you know we finished the nursery just in time! I can’t wait to do a reveal soon. In the meantime, I’m exited to share what’s in my hospital bag. Please let me know if I am missing anything!

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How To Plan An Easy Breezy Maternity Shoot!

Photo Credit: NIN9 Studios Dress c/o: Sue Mue / Earrings c/o: Lustre / Balloons c/o: Celebloons / Shoes: H&M

I’m excited to share my Singapore Maternity Shoot! After my birth announcement and babymoon, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a maternity shoot. During these last few weeks, as I reached closer to my due date, I start thinking about what life will be like after pregnancy. It was then I realized, I wanted to capture this precious time. It’s been an incredible 8 months and a time I will always remember.  Thankfully, I already had the perfect photographer in mind – Vinod from NIN9 Studios. From there, I teamed up with one of my favorite Design Houses Sue Mue (more about my collaboration with Sue Mue in my next post!) to design my dream outfit. When thinking of a theme, I knew I wanted something fun and whimsical. After following Celebloons on Instagram, I was excited to finally work together. I love their creative the balloon designs and they were so fun to play with! Honestly, doing a maternity shoot at 36 weeks did get pretty tiring. Selecting accessible locations, going easy on the props, and planning in advance, made the shoot as easy and breezy as possible. I’m excited to share my experience with you!

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#DesignerSpotlight – Janam Maternity Saris & Beyond!

Maternity Sari c/o Janam Maternity

4 more weeks to go! It’s hard to believe that I am 36 weeks pregnant and full term – meaning Baby B could arrive anytime. With each day, I feel more prepared for the little one’s arrival. With the kicks becoming stronger, I have a feeling Baby B is excited to meet us too! As I enter the home stretch, it’s amazing to think about how much my mind, body, and life has changed. In the last few weeks, I feel pretty fatigued (all the time) and my hands, feet, and face are constantly swollen. Accepting these changes and not trying to push myself has helped me understand what’s important and how to prioritize. These days it’s all about comfort. I focus on how to feel calm and comfortable in my everyday life. When I connected with Parul, founder of Janam Maternity, her passion for creating comfortable and stylish South Asian maternity fashion resonated with me. I couldn’t wait to try the maternity sari for myself. As you know, I love Indian fashion but that has taken a back seat during pregnancy since most of my outfits didn’t fit or were too uncomfortable to wear. Janam Maternity has changed all that with the genius patent-pending Maternity Sari! The Maternity Sari is different from normal saris in many ways. First, the sari comes pre-pleated which alone is such a brilliant idea since I have so much trouble tying my own sari. Most important, the Maternity Sari comes with an expandable belly band to be worn around or below the belly. The sari took me less than 5 minutes to put on and I felt so at ease. Janam Maternity also makes Maternity Saris that cover the entire belly and nursing sari blouses! I chatted with Parul, a lawyer turned fashion entrepreneur  to learn more about the inspiration behind Janam Maternity!

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